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Group:  K | 15.01.2013, 20:00h
Group:  K | 15.01.2013, 20:00h
93-90
31 - 2120 - 2019 - 2523 - 24
31 - 2120 - 2019 - 2523 - 24
Venue: Bursa (TUR) |
Spectators: 610 |
Referees: Miodrag Licina (SRB), Tomislav Hordov (CRO), Milos Koljensic (MNE)

GAME REPORT


Sipahi Comes Through In The Clutch

25. Kenan Sipahi (Tofas SC)
17-year-old Kenan Sipahi kept his cool in the final seconds, as he made the game-winner for Tofas

Kenan Sipahi sank a three-pointer on the buzzer as Tofas snatched a 93-90 win over Khimik in their EuroChallenge Group K opener.

Tofas had let slip a 15-point first-half lead as Khimik came back to lead late in the fourth quarter before Sipahi struck.

Tofas edged the early going and began to pull clear early in the second quarter, with an 11-2 run putting them up 38-23 on Inanc Koc's free throw.

Khimik quickly got the deficit back down to 10 but could not crack single figures until Suad Sehovic opened the third quarter with a three-pointer that made it 51-44.

They continued to chip away at the lead throughout the third quarter without managing to draw level, but then opened the fourth period with a jump shot from Stanislav Zavadskyi and a three from Sehovic that made it 71-70.

That set the tone for a tense final period as the lead swung this way and that. Khimik held a one-point lead going into the last 60 seconds before Koc hit a three to put Tofas up 90-88 with 19 seconds left.

Vernon Goodridge replied with a lay-up, but after Sipahi's shot dropped, there was no time for a Khimik response.

Steven Burtt led Tofas with 20 points while Can Altintig added 15 and Chinemelu Elonu 13.

Sehovic had 21 points for Khimik with nine rebounds, making 5-of-7 from three-point range, while Willie Deane had 19, Devoe Joseph 17 and Goodridge 13.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Tofas SC vs. Khimik

Khimik head coach Zoran Martic:
"Especially in the first quarter we gave easy points to Tofas. Fortune was not on our side. We wanted to win, but lost on a last-second shot. I don't think we deserved bad luck like this, but I congratulate Tofas."

Khimik player Suad Sehovic:
"First of all congratulations to Tofas. They played good defence in the last minute. We are sorry to have lost the game with the last three-point shot."

Tofas head coach Ahmet Caki:
"This year all games will be exciting. We couldn't control the game when we were up; we lost our rhythm of the first half in the second half. We wanted to win by 10 points difference, but we couldn't."

Tofas player Kenan Sipahi:
"All teams in the Last 16 are good teams. We showed our team quality; our opponents should respect us. We have to win our home games, and now focus on the next game against Norrköping."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

62.5%

35/56
FG
M/A

50.0%

30/60

70.0%

28/40
FG2P
M/A

52.6%

20/38

43.8%

7/16
FG3P
M/A

45.5%

10/22

64.0%

16/25
FT
M/A

74.1%

20/27

27

5/22
RT
RO/RD

32

10/22

13

AS

13

11

TO

10

6

ST

6

3

BS

1

24

PF

23

93

Pts

90

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